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    My purpose in being here is to influence others to understand how the philosophy of Pragmatism relates to Mormonism. I found the church through my philosophical understanding of Pragmatism.

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  1. No just Davis county has been isolated from the world and designated as Zion, and has already been translated. Perhaps you just didn't notice.
  2. Talk to a cardiologist about the benefits of caffeine. Great way to raise your blood pressure and create stress from everything that happens. This notion of Moksha, is paralleled in the LDS notion that we attain divinity through service to humanity, as the ultimate Humanism as we become beyond earth's hold on us as we overcome the world, as did our Master. All religions reflect some portion of the Covenant Path That is also about being saviors on Mt. Zion We are human gods in embryo and we worship a Human God. (The concept of human unity with God)
  3. The only problem I have with this frankly is how one knows that one has misplaced faith if one is this or her own authority? What could establish the faith as "misplaced"? Even errors become part of the path, as a road not to travel. That is what agency is all about.
  4. Predictions of experience as interpreted can be the only criterion of that in science But that does not even apply to most things like whether or not abortion should be legal, or who killed Capt. Mustard, or what college to attend, or many other statements.
  5. Yep. It's all in the definitions and that is why tolerance of ambiguity is so important. Which brings us back of course to the central importance of the ideas around the Perry scheme. If no one can agree on what knowledge or truth even mean, beyond one's own intellectual community, it is pretty clear to me that something like deflationary truth and the Perry scheme is about all we have, the absolute that there are no absolutes. Irony wins the day I'm liking Gadamer's position better and better all the time. Of course it echoes Nietzsche's position- there are no facts only interpretations.
  6. I'm so old that sounds like someone saying "They didn't even have CELL PHONES! Can you believe that"? Yep those were the joys of carbon paper. I remember typing term papers in high school with footnotes. ONE mistake and you start over because smudges were not allowed. Now if there were smudges on the carbon that was YOUR copy so it was less serious. Smudges were Not in the style manual. "After all it is not professional to present a report professionally if it is full of smudges!! And this is the time you need to learn how to do that!" It was a different world! NOW we're talkin SERIOUS fun!
  7. I used to be very uncomfortable with Catholics responding "it's a mystery" whenever (it seemed to me) that they got into a corner in a discussion but now that I am more mature and studied in all that language cannot do, I am getting to the opinion that just about everything about God really is beyond the ability of language to convey, even assuming a great and logical paradigm for how it all works. The reality is that Wittgenstein and Theresa of Avila had a lot in common on these issues. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LUUA7G6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Great book!
  8. At least definitely "hocus pocus" which is the derivation of the term.
  9. Just re-read this. REALLY good post!!
  10. Exactly! I think that what we need from an apologetics point of view to help this "faith crisis" situation is to focus on hermeneutics and develop our own point of view for scriptural interpretation perhaps based on the later Wittgenstein and Gadamer and others which give us a consistent methodology for interpretation of scripture. We do not need nor should we desire a "systematic theology" - what we have in terms of the Plan of Salvation is all that is needed as a kind of armature upon which we can hang our own personal revelatory experience in building our own "worlds"- what is clearly needed however is a more systematic way of interpreting scripture, and I would suggest that the thoughts of the later Wittgenstein and Gadamer and others who were essentially theists looking for another way to express the nature of religious faith, might be a place to start. Of course this relates to the Perry Scheme on a basic level, as one climbs the ladder of understanding. I was looking at a paper about Gadamer the other day and came across this, as a powerful description of what apologetics could be if we allowed ourselves to slide up the Perry Scheme. Imagine applying this point of view to both the various Book of Mormon controversies and the Book of Abraham, for example and the "problem" of the lack of "accurate translation". If we had such an attitude the alleged "controversies" would simply dissolve into thin air: http://www.metajournal.org/articles_pdf/286-303-regan-meta8-tehno.pdf THIS to me is the most fruitful direction in which we must travel in developing such a systematic hermeneutics in LDS scholarship.
  11. Just watch your language there young man. I set up a business selling Texas Instruments 99 4A computers in 88. You used a tape recorder as a storage device. Then IBM decided to get into the business. I still have a IBM XT with a whopping 10 megabyte hard drive, and the thing still works. I used to use Q&A on it. Them Apples was for sissies. People who confused the Beatles with computers. Most thought this personal Computing stuff was a new fad. It wasn't.
  12. As related to the above discussion I just wanted to quote this. I agree. And of course that is highly relevant to scriptural hermeneutics.
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